Squirrel Hill Uses Trick Or Treat As A Way To Begin Healing

Councilman O'Connor says they had one of their largest turnouts

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Still reeling from Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wilkins Avenue, Squirrel Hill residence came together on a rainy Wednesday evening to celebrate Halloween and go trick or treating.

City Councilman Corey O’Connor tells the KDKA Radio Morning News it was a “great way for the neighborhood to gather.”

“Despite the rain, we still had one of our largest turnouts which was great.”  

O’Connor says the shooting will always be in the back of their minds but it was important to try to get back to a sense of normalcy, especially for the children.

“They’re seeing a lot of things happening around them and they’re not really sure and anything to make it a normal Halloween, a normal weekend if we can,” said O’Connor. “I think it was great that the businesses were adamant that we’re going to keep doing this and the residence wanted to be out seeing one another, seeing a familiar face that just made it a little bit easier yesterday.”

Everyone in the neighborhood is still deeply hurting, but O’Connor says connecting with friends and meeting new people is helping during an extremely difficult time.

“We’re going to pull through this but the next couple weeks are going to be tough on everybody.”

O’Connor adds the hard part will be after the next couple of weeks with holidays like Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and it is then that the community needs to make sure they are there to support their grieving neighbors.

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